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VADeR Lab Manager

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Boulder, Colorado

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Temporary Staff



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Job Summary

The Center for Astrodynamics Research (CCAR) is excited to announce their decision to hire a Lab Manager! This position will manage the operations of two labs - the Vision, Autonomy, and Decision Research Lab (VADeR) led by Prof. Marcus Holzinger and the Orbital Research Cluster for Celestial Applications headed by Prof. Jay McMahon. This role will interact both professors, postdocs, research associates, graduate student members of the labs, and the CCAR professional staff. Duties will focus on ensuring smooth operations in the labs by coordinating daily operations, scheduling, finances/purchasing, and external communications.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

CU Engineering Founded in 1893, the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Colorado Boulder is the second largest of seven schools and colleges at one of the nation's top public research institutions. As Colorado's flagship university, CU Boulder has selective admissions standards and a comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Organization and Management of Labs:
  • Meeting management - scheduling, preparation, agendas, attend select meetings, take minutes, record actions and coordinate as tasks.
  • Lab task management - includes lab, hardware, and GRA / postdoc task management.
  • Task management - collaborate with professors to identify priorities, track results, calendaring and scheduling due dates, and completing delegated tasks.
  • Collaborate with building manager and facilities management.
  • Equipment status & management.
  • Identify lab inefficiencies & propose solutions.
  • Build and maintain lab standard operating procedures (SOPs).
  • Manage daily email communication for both labs, including daily status reports, daily tag-up meetings.
  • Collaborate with a variety of campus partners, including prospective students, postdoctorate candidates, and RA communications.
  • Manage the lab website & social media accounts.
  • Manuscript and note dictation, and presentation development and support.

What You Should Know

  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment. 
  • Flexible modality; hybrid position, some hours remote, some hours on-campus.
  • Assignment will last 6 months with the possibility of turning into a permanent position.

What We Can Offer

  • The pay range is $30.00 - $45.00 per hour.


Temporary positions at the University of Colorado are not benefits-eligible, however, all positions are eligible for paid sick leave

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What We Require

  • Bachelor's Degree.

What You Will Need

  • The ability to communicate effectively and maintain working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the labs and CCAR.
  • Outstanding customer service skills and capable of working as a member of a team within a collaborative work environment.
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills with an attention to detail.
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office and cloud-based services such as Dropbox and Google's C-Suite.
  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience curating documentation and procedures in online environments (i.e., writing and maintaining Wiki pages).
  • Experience with cloud-based task management platforms (e.g., Microsoft Planner, Trello, GitLab).

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 

1. A current resume. 

2. A cover letter that specifically tells us how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.

Please apply by July 4, 2022, for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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